Policy Issues


$121 Million in Federal Grants Bolster Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

The federal government is awarding $121 million in grants with the aim of improving academic and career outcomes for those with disabilities

24 Institutions Awarded $75 Million To Improve Enrollment & Completion Rates

Twenty-four colleges and universities have received grants totaling $75 million to support efforts to improve post-secondary access and completion.

Building on Competency-Based Education

CT talked with Argosy University System's vice chancellor for academic affairs to learn how that institution tackled competency-based education — creating the first WASC-accredited MBA in its region based on a direct assessment, competency model. Now, Argosy is developing hybrid approaches that combine direct assessment with traditional seat time-based courses.

ED Asks for Feedback on Research Centers

The Department of Education has issued a call for feedback on the work of two Institute of Education Science research centers. The centers will use the feedback to plan their future work.

Special Ed Target of $4 Million in Federal Grants

A total of $4 million in federal funds is being awarded to institutions training the next generation of special education professionals.

The Promise of 'Small Data' on Campus

At the CT 2014 conference this week in Boston, one former CIO told attendees that education is not "about gathering terabytes of data and asking it to tell me the patterns." Instead, he argued for the potential of "small data" to create a personalized learning experiences that cut down on student frustration and confusion.

Moribund Academic Research Investment Could Have an 'Incalculable Long-Term Consequence' for the United States

A continued reduction in federal research dollars will have an impact on the country, but those who lead research programs at major universities don't agree on what that impact will be.

4 Lawsuits Target Campus Anti-Speech Rules, More To Follow

A Washington, D.C. organization is suing three universities and one college to challenge what it considers "unconstitutional speech codes in academia." That includes attempts by one school to censor a faculty blog critical of the administration and trustees.

Researchers To Study How School Leaders Use Data To Inform Decisions

The United States Department of Education has awarded $5 million to three universities to find out how (or whether) school and district leaders use research to inform their decisionmaking.

Higher Ed Leaders Form Coalition in Support of Common Core Standards

More than 200 representatives from colleges and universities across 33 states have banded together to form Higher Ed for Higher Standards, a new coalition supporting Common Core State Standards as a key strategy for improving student success.